- President Buhari has left the country for his scheduled medical check-up
- The Nigerian leader is expected to return to the country second week of April
- Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, had earlier announced that the president's trip is routine
The Nigerian leader took-off in one of the jets in the presidential fleet from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
His spokesman, Femi Adesina via a short statement posted on his Facebook page on Monday, March 29, noted that Buhari is due back in the country during the second week of April 2021.
Before leaving Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari ordered the service chiefs and other security and intelligence coordinators of the nation to mark bandits, kidnappers as well as their sponsors and take them out.
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno, disclosed this after a security meeting, chaired by the Nigerian president in the State House, Abuja.
The president also warned the security chiefs that a situation where criminals dictate the pace of security events in the country should be ended immediately, ordering them to be proactive.
The Punch also confirming Buhari's departure, noted that the president embarking on a medical trip is coming on the heels of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors declaring their intention to strike.
NARD president, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi in a statement in Abuja said the association plans to embark on a strike on Thursday, April 1.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency dismissed the rumour making the round that there is a rift between President Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Describing the recent reports as false, the presidency in a series of tweets posted on the federal government's Twitter account on Tuesday, March 24, stated that there is no rift between Buhari and his strong ally.
According to Garba Shehu, media aide to the president, the fact that Tinubu is not around the Presidential Villa every day does not make him less of a friend to the president and the administration.